Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The updated Primer of Phylogenetic Networks


In an earlier post I reported on the creation of an Online Primer of Phylogenetic Networks, which is intended as a simple introduction to networks for those people who already know something about phylogenetic trees. This includes three animations (animated GIF files).

This primer has now been updated with explanations of the construction of Reduced Median Networks, Median-Joining Networks and Minimum-Spanning Trees.

So, the primer now includes:

  • Median Networks
  • Reduced Median Networks
  • Median-Joining Networks
  • Recombination Networks
  • Hybridization Networks
  • Parsimony Trees
  • Minimum-Spanning Trees

These are all related to each other, and can be easily explained by looking at the distribution of the characters in a parsimony context. With the exception of NeighborNet, this covers the networks that most commonly appear in the literature.

Any constructive feedback will be gratefully received.

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